After earning a hard-fought victory on the road last Saturday, the Plymouth State University football team scored an additional win two days later as our Noontime Sports New England D3 Football Team of the Week.
The New England D3 Football Team of the Week is decided by a Twitter poll, which was (and will continue to be) seen throughout the remainder of the season on Sunday and Monday’s through @NoontimeSports.
The Panthers secured a first-place nod in this week’s poll by collecting 57 percent of the votes, while Nichols College placed second with 26 percent. Middlebury College and Coast Guard Academy rounded out the the poll, finishing third (10 percent) and fourth (seven percent), respectively.
Against Framingham State, the Panthers used a late touchdown drive to push ahead, 29-28, before clinching the victory with a fourth down stop on the ensuing possession.
The win was the Panthers’ second-straight regular season victory against the Rams – they defeated Framingham State last season en route to sharing the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown. The win provided the Green and White an opportunity to compete in last year’s NCAA Division III Tournament, too.
Quarterback Zack Edwards concluded this past Saturday’s contest with two touchdowns, including the go-ahead strike to Max Osgood late in the fourth quarter. Halfback David Hamilton rushed for 130 yards on 30 carries (4.3 yards per carry) and one touchdown, while Jacob Szulc caught four passes for 149 yards and one touchdown.
Matt Shea highlighted the Panthers’ defense with a team-high eight total tackles, including six solo stops and one tackle for a loss of three yards. Elijah Bussell ended the game with five total tackles, including four solo stops and one fumble recovery.
Kicker Jeremy Martin tallied nine points in the win on three extra points and two field goals. His longest field goal was a 35-yard boot with 30 second remaining in the second quarter, which provided the Panthers with a 10-7 advantage at the break.
Plymouth State, which is now 3-3 overall and 2-3 in conference play, will look to continue its momentum on Saturday, October 20th when they host Massachusetts Maritime Academy at 1 p.m.
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With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week seven!
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The weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.
Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.
Offensive Stars of the Week
Cory Brandon (Husson University): Brandon completed 17 of 19 passes for 303 yards, while tossing four touchdowns, including a pair of scores to Keyshaun Robinson, who led all Husson receivers, as the Eagles soared past Alfred State.
Leroy Brown (UMass Dartmouth): Brown hauled in a game-high 199 yards on six grabs for three score during his team’s setback to Bridgewater State.
Alec Coleman (Western New England): Coleman concluded last Saturday’s contest with five touchdowns (four through the air, one on the ground) as the Golden Bears rolled past Curry College in Springfield. Coleman completed 19 of 29 passes for 273 yards, while adding 41 yards on five carries.
Travon Holder (Westfield State): Holder rushed for three scores on 24 carries for 173 yards (7.2 yards per carry), while catching one pass for 15 yards in the Owls’ 41-27 win over Fitchburg State.
Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Jernigan recorded 256 yards of total offense, while reaching the end zone three times (two through the air, one on the ground) as the Panthers defeated Williams College on the road. The Middlebury signal-caller concluded the game with 162 passing yards (18 of 31), while adding 94 yards on 27 carries.
Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Against University of New England, the Endicott signal-caller accounted for 315 yards of total offense and three scores. He connected on 18 of 32 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 87 yards on five carries for one score.
Ryan McDonald (Tufts University): Against Trinity College, McDonald completed 25 of 40 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 27 yards on eight carries and one score.
Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan University): Piccirillo accounted for 270 total yards of offense, including 185 yards through the air, while recording four touchdowns (three through the air, one on the ground) in his team’s win over Bates College.
Jordan Vazzano (Trinity College): Against Tufts University, Vazzano completed 10 of 19 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for two scores on 11 carries for 71 yards.
Quron Wright (Framingham State): Wright recorded 161 yards of total offense by hauling in a team-high eight grabs for 111 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 50 yards on nine carries.
Defensive Stars of the Week
Michael Bianco (Becker College): Bianco paced the Hawks’ defense last Saturday against Nichols by registering a team-high 12 total tackles, including six solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 10 yards.
Kaleb Caron (Husson University): Against Alfred State, Caron registered four total tackles, two tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards, while recording one fumble recovery and one pass break-up.
Samuel Ejiasi (UMass Dartmouth): Ejiasi concluded last Saturday’s contests against Bridgewater State with seven solo tackles, including two tackles for a loss of six yards, one sack for a loss of four yards and one pass break-up.
Michael Goldsworthy (Coast Guard Academy): Goldsworthy concluded his team’s clash with Maine Maritime by registering four total tackles, including three solo stops, while recording a trio of interceptions for 32 yards.
Nick Giorgio (Springfield College): Against Merchant Marine last Saturday, Giorgio registered eight total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 13 yards and two sacks for a loss of 11 yards, while recording one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for seven yards.
Tyler Harrington (Bates College): Against Wesleyan University, Harrington stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards, while adding two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.
Chris Lawrence (Nichols College): Lawrence led the Bison’s defense with 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two tackles for a loss of 17 yards. Additionally, he recorded two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in his team’s win over Becker College.
Kyle Johnston (Mass. Maritime): Johnston concluded last Saturday’s tilt with Western Connecticut by tallying eight total tackles, including five solo stops, one tackles for a loss of 10 yards, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry.
Derek Jones (Western Conn.): Jones paced the Western Connecticut defense with 10 total tackles, including five solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of seven yards, while recording one quarterback hurry against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Special Team Stars of the Week
Jordan D’Onofrio (Western Conn.): Against Massachusetts Maritime Academy, D’Onofrio connected on all three extra points, while recording 248 punting yards (41.3 yards per punt) with two kicks landing inside the Buccaneers’ 20-yard line.
Nick DiCairano (Endicott): DiCairano tallied 12 points last Saturday against University of New England by connecting on 10 of 11 kicks, including all nine extra points. He also registered 609 yards on 11 kickoffs (55.4 yards per kick) with one boot resulting in a touchback.
Robert Innis, Jr. (Univ. of New Eng.): The UNE kicker was a perfect six-for-six against Endicott College last Saturday, including all five-for-five on extra points.
Patrick Wolff (Wesleyan University): Wolff connected on all six kicks during his team’s win against Bates College, including a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter, which capped a five-play, 32-yard drive.
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THE EIGHTH WEEK OF THE NEW ENGLAND D3 FOOTBALL SEASON HAS ARRIVED, WHICH MEANS IT IS TIME TO UNVEIL OUR NEWEST TOP 10 POLL OF THE SEASON, AS WELL AS OUR ‘TEAMS ARE ON THE RISE.’
It was another crazy week of New England football, but Amherst College managed to remain at the top for another week with a convincing win over Colby College. The Mammoths not only occupy the top spot in our weekly poll for the third-straight week, but also remain the top team in the NESCAC heading into an important week eight meeting with Wesleyan University (the Cardinals are back on our radar at 3-2 overall).
Western Connecticut and MIT each moved up, rounding out the top three positions, while Williams College fell to two spots to the fourth position following a tough setback to Middlebury College.
The Ephs have a huge match-up this week against Tufts University, which also tumbled a few spots in this week’s poll following a loss to Trinity College. Both Williams and Tufts need a win Saturday to keep their regular season title hopes alive.
Endicott College and Western New England moved up this week – let the countdown begin for their important meeting in a few weeks – while Coast Guard Academy joined the list following an impressive showing last Saturday against Maine Maritime Academy.
This year’s Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll is assembled by local coaches and media members.
New England D3 Football: Week Eight Poll| Monday, October 15th, 2018
1. Amherst College
5-0 (5-0) | Last Week: No. 1
Week Eight: Wesleyan
2. Western Conn.
6-0 (4-0) | Last Week: No. 2
Week Eight: Bridgewater St.
6-0 (3-0) | Last Week: No. 5
Week Eight: Coast Guard
4. Williams College
4-1 (4-1) | Last Week: No. 2
Week Eight: Tufts
5. Trinity College
4-1 (4-1) | Last Week: No. 7
Week Eight: Bowdoin
6. Western New England
5-1 (2-0) | Last Week: No. 8
Week Eight: Univ. of New Eng.
7. Endicott College
5-2 (3-0) | Last Week: No. 10
Week Eight: Becker
8. Tufts Univ.
4-1 (4-1) | Last Week: No. 6
Week Eight: Williams
9. Springfield College
5-2 (3-1) | Last Week: No. 4
Week Eight: Catholic
10. Coast Guard Acad.
5-2 (3-1) | Last Week: NR
Week Eight: MIT
ON THE RISE:Bridgewater State (5-2, 4-1), Framingham State (4-2, 3-1), Husson University (4-2, 3-0), Middlebury College (3-2, 3-2), Wesleyan University (3-2, 3-2) and WPI (4-2, 2-1)
2018 Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Polls
It’s been an exciting few weeks for the MIT football team, which entered its bye week with an impressive 6-0 record, including a 3-0 mark in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) standings.
The Engineers, who were tabbed once again the top team in the New England in the D3 Coaches Poll earlier this week, seem to be enjoying some much-needed downtime before they return to the gridiron next week for an important four-game stretch, beginning with a home date against Coast Guard Academy.
Earlier this week, we caught-up with first-year coach (and former defensive coordinator) Brian Bubna to discuss his team’s impressive play through six weeks.
On the team limiting opponents to roughly 14 points per game: “We have some pretty good talent at three spots: defensive line, linebacker and defensive back. I think the big part of (our success on defense) is a mix of older guys and younger guys, but also the way they play, too.”
On the play of senior quarterback Udgam Goyal: “He kind of got put in there at a young age. He played like a freshman (his first year) and a sophomore (his second season, but now, as a senior) he’s put it all together, and become what we’ve hoped for.”
On Miguel Wagner’s running game: “As a runner, he’s very physical. He can take a one or two-yard run, and turn it into three or four, and keep the offensive moving.”
On the team’s final four contests: “To win the conference, you have to go undefeated throughout conference play. Even if you lose one, you’re hoping that someone else loses one. You gotta win ‘em all in conference.”
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The seventh week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?
Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Six, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.
Last Week (Week Six): We went 8-2 for the second-straight week last week, so lets see how we do this week!
Season Predictions Records: 41-19 (can we make it three-straight weeks of 8-2?)
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All Games taking place on Saturday, Oct. 13th
Plymouth State at Framingham State (12 p.m.): It wasn’t pretty, but Tom Kelley‘s Rams found a way past Fitchburg State last week. Expect another grind-it-out effort from the Black and Gold this week against the Panthers of Plymouth State. PREDICTION: Framingham State 26, Plymouth State 14
Nichols College at Becker College (12 p.m.): Nichols looks to bounce back after falling to Endicott last week and they should be able to against the Hawks of Becker. PREDICTION: Nichols 21, Becker 7
Wesleyan University at Bates College (1 p.m.): At 2-2, every game is a must-win for these Cardinals, especially if they would like to secure a share of NESCAC crown. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 28, Bates 21
Curry College at Western New England (1 p.m.): The Golden Bears return from the bye and should begin their second half of the season with an important conference win against the Colonels of Curry College. PREDICTION: Western New England 35, Curry 20
Maine Maritime at Coast Guard (1:30 p.m.): After falling short to the Pride last week, the Bears look to bounce back and return to the win column on Homecoming Weekend. PREDICTION: Coast Guard 27, Maine Maritime 8
Tufts University at Trinity College (1:30 p.m.): The Jumbos are currently in the drivers seat with Amherst and Williams, so this is a must-win for the Powder Blue and White, especially if they want to keep pace with the Mammoths and Ephs for a NESCAC title. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Trinity 27
Middlebury College at Williams College (2 p.m.): The Ephs picked-up their fourth win of the season last week at Bates and should find a way past the Panthers on their home turf. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Middlebury 10
Merchant Marine at Springfield College (2 p.m.): Its another big week for the Pride, who will once again need everyone to step-up, especially against a former Liberty League (LL) rival. Expect this one to be close with the Pride pulling out yet another hard-fought win at home. PREDICTION: Springfield 26, Merchant Marine 21
Endicott College at Univ. of New England (2 p.m.): Endicott has not lost since falling to MIT last month and should continue their winning ways on Saturday against an up and coming Nor’easters squad. PREDICTION: Endicott 28, UNE 14
UMass Dartmouth at Bridgewater State (4 p.m.): The Bears are still in contention for a conference crown, but must find a way to defeat a Corsairs squad, which has won two of three contests this season on the road. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 20, UMass Dartmouth 14